The Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators appear to be talking, and a few players of interest are forwards Josh Anderson and Christian Dvorak.
An NHL source has confirmed to Montreal Hockey Now that the Ottawa Senators have been open to trading their 1st round pick since about the midway point in the season. The sources have confirmed that the Senators are looking for an impact roster player that will help round out their forward ranks and provide experience to a very young core, and two Canadiens players are in their sights.
The source has also confirmed that the Canadiens and the Senators are in talks and that Josh Anderson is a player that is highly coveted by the Senators at this time. With the Senators looking to bolster their top-6 and add some scoring punch and physical play; inserting a player like Anderson would go a long way in achieving that vision. The Senators’ brass got a firsthand view of what a player like Anderson could do at the World Championships this past spring and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2021 and would like to add that kind of player if they were to move the 7th overall in any package.
It also appears that Christian Dvorak has received some notable interest from the Senators as well, as the source indicates to Montreal Hockey now that the Senators’ pro scouts loved what they saw from Dvorak in the second half of the season.
With the 7th overall in play and the Montreal Canadiens doing everything they can to jump into the top-10 to snag another top prospect in the 2022 NHL Draft, this will be something to keep an eye on for the next 24 hours. It would be shocking to see a deal for the 7th overall pick be a one-for-one trade of assets, but it is seemingly looking like it would be the base of a trade package between both clubs at this junction.